Wardrobe

Challenge 77-85 – Prints Point to New Possibilities

A  great print garment or scarf can often be the inspiration for combining solid garments in new ways.  Just yesterday I began a client’s closet consultation with a purge of her scarves, keeping only the ones that were her best colors, scale and contrast level.  After we weeded out her garments in the same way,…

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Challenge 67-76 – Outfits Outside of the Box

This week I’ve pushed myself to think outside the box … pulling into service some of the pieces I think are cute, but just never reach for in the morning.  But after all, that was the point of this challenge in the first place.  It’s so easy to get lazy and just “always wear what…

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Wardrobe Challenge 58-66 – Still Going …

Still building new combinations — and really appreciating the versatility of solid-color garments and the importance of accessories to add polish to an outfit and to increase or decrease the dressiness of a combo.  Just the change from a sleek to a chunky shoe or from a silky scarf to a crinkle gauze one can…

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Wardrobe Challenge 49-57: More Outfits, More Insights

Still going strong on the project of combining my garments into a different outfit every day.  It’s just amazing how — even as someone who does clothes for a living — I’m learning new things about my own wardrobe choices and options through this process.  It’s so easy to fall into a rut of wearing…

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Wardrobe Challenge – Day 39-48

Yep … still going.  And loving it!  It’s fun to see how my basic bottoms and shells keep repeating with various over-layers  and accessories making the difference.  And then the over-layers cycle back again over other bottoms.  Seeing the photos and actually wearing  the combos helps me evaluate the items in a much more intelligent…

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Do Your Pants Need Tapering? Here’s the Test

As part of my personal wardrobe challenge, I found myself one day in a fun pair of black and white tweed pants  that I hadn’t been wearing because I thought they’d be too tight.  They weren’t, actually, and with a bright top and black faux leather jacket – created a fun look.  But I felt…

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Shaped Jacket Styling for Short-Waisted Bodies

Hourglass bodies look their best in styles that allude to their waistline curve.  But when the distance from waist to shoulder of the garment doesn’t match that dimension of the woman’s body the results can be pretty awful, as these pictures clearly illustrate.  It can easily become what I call the “link-sausage approach to fashion”…

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Boxy Top Made More Body-Conscious (No Sewing Required)

I sewed this teal top (Pamela’s Patterns #119) because I loved the asymmetrical neckline design and thought it was a great way to showcase an interesting piece of jewelry.  Maybe you have a similar tunic silhouette in your own closet – custom made or ready-to-wear. Cabi  (a RTW line often featured in my posts) offers…

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“Make” a New Necklace to Fit Your Neckline

You know that frustrating thing when the “perfect” necklace for an outfit doesn’t quite work with the shape of the neckline?  It can be surprisingly easy to modify.  I loved this golden-oldie strand of teal and black beads to link my teal top to black leggings, but its length wasn’t right to fit into the…

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Taming a Too-Large Print

Print garments can be exciting additions to our wardrobes, but they can easily take over the entire look, leaving the individual woman pretty  much out of the picture.  This bold tropical print shell is a perfect example.  It’s colors make a lot of sense in my wardrobe, but it an easily become too much of…

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